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Ayo Fayose : There was a governor: Misbehaviour on steroids

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Fayose

“Mr Governor, you are misbehaving”.

Those were the words that forced Ayo Fayose to sink himself into a sof

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Akwa 2015: The battle of two former deputy governors

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Mr. Nsima Ekere

GRADUALLY, the jostle for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket in Akwa State is snowballing into a four-horse race that can be further narrowed down to the battle of two former deputy governors.

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Chime on 2015: I’ve no personal squabbles with anybody; we simply want proper thing done

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Gov. Chime

Of late, the Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been embroiled in sundry controversies which are threatening the cohesion of the party as the 2015 general elections draw nearer. The current face-off is traceable to the November 1, 2014, ward congress during which the materials meant for the exercise in the state were said to have been deposited at the Wuse Police Station following disagreements by the five-man panel on how to conduct it.

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Faceoff With the Police: We came face to face with barbarism — Hon. Zakari Mohammed

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Zakari Mohammed

The spokesman for Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, in this interview, a day after the face-off with the Police, insists that there was an agenda and a script that was meant to be played out. He was, however, quick to slam the police, maintaining that what happened was an assault on democracy.

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Why I want to be next governor of Lagos— Adetokunbo Tobun Agbesanwa

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Adetokunbo-Tobun-Agbesanwaa

Brave, assertive, intelligent, are words that best describe her. Adetokunbo Tobun-Agbesanwa is the only woman among 14 aspirants vying for the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2015 guber ticket in Lagos State. Her foray into politics dates back to her university days as a student of Political Science at the Lagos State University. Tokunbo, as she is fondly called, also grew up amongst forceful politicians. Her father Chief Adekunle Tobun’s political activities during the Third Republic taught her a lot.

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Ekiti Show of Shame: Seven lawmakers cannot overrun 19 – Hon. Omirin, House Speaker

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Hon. Omirin

The Fountain of Knowledge, as Ekiti State is called, erupted in chaos, last week, making some observers to describe the state a FOUNTAIN OF IDIOCY. In this interview with the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, he alleges that Governor Ayo Fayose has made the state hot for the legislators, prompting the relocation of 19 members to Lagos.

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2015: Why APGA boss, Umeh, can’t contest for Senate, by Ezenwajiaku

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Ezenwajiaku

APGA chieftain and immediate past Anambra State Commissioner for Special Duties, Barrister Vincent Ezenwajiaku was on a protest visit to the corporate head office of Vanguard Newspapers, Friday, during which he expressed anger over he described as immorality in politics going on under the Chief Victor Umeh-led leadership of the party. Also a pharmacist, Barrister Ezenwajiaku, who is also President, Association of Morality in Politics and Good Governance, spoke to Sunday Vanguard on how decided to sacrifice his Federal Constituency 2015 project to save the party from itself

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‘I am set to take Delta to the next level’

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emetulu

The immediate-past Delta State Commissioner for Energy, Charles Emetulu, who is vying for the governorship seat under the banner of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), spoke in Asaba on his chances of clinching the party’s ticket, the clamour for power shift in the state and other burning issues.

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There’s an elite conspiracy against Okorocha in Imo — Nick Opara-Ndudu

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Nick-Opara-ndudu

Call him a political evangelist, you will not be wrong. This is because Mr Nick Opara-Ndudu comes across strongly as a preacher of a new and refreshing brand of politics anchored on responsible leadership employing the benefits of transformative ideas to provide development-oriented governance to the people. Not only is he articulate and erudite, he is always brimming with ideas which he readily ventilates with the burning zeal of a born again preacher at any given opportunity.

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Abia Primaries: No group should be marginalised —Wabara

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WABARA-pix

GOVERNORSHIP aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, in Abia State, Chief Mac Wabara, in this interview, warns against not providing a level-playing field for all the aspirants in the forthcoming gubernatorial primaries.

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2015: Delta needs a new ‘Marshal Plan’ – Edevbie

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David Edevbie

Olorogun David Edevbie’s calm visage and youthful look belie his intellectual depth and conviction. Articulate and suave, an encounter with Edevbie is always memorable. A holder of a bachelor’s degree in economics, an MBA and an alumni of the prestigious Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme, Edevbie is a development finance expert, who contributed to the success of the Commonwealth Development Corporation, CDC, in the 1990s in Asia and the Pacific region

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Tambuwal: Beyond Police Duties

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Speaker Aminu Tambuwal (m) With others during an emergency plenary In Abuja on Thursday (20/11/14).

It was simply a showdown between the Nigeria police and the members of the House of Representatives at the National Assembly complex on Thursday over the refusal of the former to allow the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal access. Read accounts of what have become a show of shame for a nation. By Levinus Nwabughiogu Even though

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Enugu 2015: Pendulum swinging to Ayogu Eze

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•Senators Ayogu Eze and Ike Ekweremadu who is the deputy Senate President

Any political watcher of the political developments in Enugu State will understand that all is not well with the ruling party in the area. The uneasy calm in the party which started in May this year, when Governor Sullivan Chime announced the zoning of the governorship position to Nsukka Senatorial Zone, took another dimension with the decision of Chime and some top leaders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state to anoint the member representing Igboeze North/ Udenu in the House of Representatives, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwanyi, as a consensus governorship candidate of the party during the 2015 general elections.

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DELTA 2015: Politics of gang-up

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Top from left: Okowa, Gbagi, Orubebe, and Omo-Agege, Olejeme, Ochei, Obuh and Elumelu

By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South Does the end justify the means? IT was the Italian historian, politician and writer, Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli that popularized the apothegm, “The ends justify the means,” in his book, “The Prince,” but many people misunderstand what he truly meant. Nowadays, many, including politicians construe it to mean

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Delta 2015: Ned Nwoko warns Delta North aspirants

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Prince Ned Nwoko

The incumbent governor has enormous influence and structure to throw behind any candidate but the fact that he is leaning towards Delta North is very significant in this process. Any other ethnic group will welcome such gesture of nod even though it is just a nod. So, I don’t think it is wise for Anioma people to join hands with those that are angry with the Governor for showing preference for Delta North or for any particular aspirant for that matter

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EKITI: The predicted drama begins

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Dr. Kayode Fayemi, former governor of Ekiti State and Ayo Fayose

THE overwhelming loss of Governor Kayode Fayemi of APC at the June 22 Ekiti State Governorship election to PDP’s Ayo Fayose, a man whose first tenure as governor was dogged by controversies, has not stopped raising apprehension over the future of the state.

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Two brothers battle each other over one political slot

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George Okonkwo jnr brother to Andy and Kenneth Okonkwo (a.k.a Andy)

As the 2015 general election approaches, tension now brews in Enugu North Senatorial Zone, Enugu State between two biological brothers jostling for one political position, under the same party, to represent Nsukka/ Igbo Eze South federal constituency in the House of Representative.

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Executive, Legislature face-off heats up Ekiti politics

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FayoseSpeaker

There is no love lost between members of the All Progressives Congress, APC dominated lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly and the new state government of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, since October 21, when the new governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose came on board.

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Governors also cry

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File Photo: Pro-Jonathan state governors, addressing the media after presenting their factional chairman.  From left, Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); Goodswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); Liyel Imoke (Cross River); Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), factional Vice Chairman; and Jonah Jang (Plateau), factional chairman.

With their aura of infallibility and perception as local gods in their states, Nigerian governors have for long been viewed as men of power with little to bother them. The story of how Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governors rallied round to confront President Olusegun Obasanjo and force Atiku Abubakar on him as a running mate in the 2003 election is one political tale of the awesome power of governors.

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How the governors became powerful

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Chief Donald Etiebet

EVen though there is so much anger over the increasing powers of the governors, the anger is not new.

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The vision I received to be Lagos gov- Dominic

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Adegbola Dominic

Dr. Michael Adegbola Dominic is one of the gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. In this interview he speaks on his dreams for Lagos.

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Cross River: Why they are conspiring against Imoke – Senator Ayade

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Governor Imoke

Senator Ben Ayade, is one of the aspirants for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Cross River State. In this interview he asserts the superiority of his capacity above other aspirants and claims that the freely and fairly conducted ward congress is being manipulated by some people in Abuja.

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Rivers 2015: The quest for an Ogoni governor

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Wike and Amaechi

AS the 2015 governorship election hots up in Rivers state, gladiators are divided along ethnic and political party lines. The entrance of more people into the race has apparently opened up the space for the likely candidate to emerge the 6th civilian governor of the oil-rich multi-ethnic Rivers State. The main contenders to the seat are locked up in the battle to pick the nomination tickets of their respective political parties.

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Ondo PDP imbroglio: Can the umbrella still be mended?

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MEETING: Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko (right), addressing leaders of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during a meeting  in Akure.

The crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Ondo State, following the defection of Governor Olusegun Mimiko to the party, seem not to be settled.

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2015: Dents and intents on Jonathan’s way

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) and Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo greet supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on November 11 declared his bid for re-election, vowing to finally defeat Boko Haram whose rise in strength during his first term has threatened the country's sovereignty. The 56-year-old made the announcement to tens of thousands of supporters in the red, white and green of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a carefully orchestrated ceremony including patriotic music, dancing, prayers and speeches. AFP PHOTO

Only few may have been taken unawares with President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration for a second term penultimate Tuesday. However, the positives and challenges on his track are formidable. By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor The president was quick to admit it that even though he has done much but that much more is required to take

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Cross River 2015: Why PDP is in trouble – Ambassador Abang, ex-PDP boss

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Soni Abang

By Henry Umoru Ambassador Soni Abang, a two-time chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Cross River State in this interview responds to questions on the crisis that has recently bestirred the party in the state. Excerpts: What is your reaction to allegations of a power tussle between Abuja based politicians and those based

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DELTA 2015: Anioma should negotiate with Urhobo – Newton Jibunoh

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Newton Jibunoh

FOUNDER of Fight Against Desert Encroachment, FADE, Chief Newton Jibunoh, is one of the respected leaders of Delta State. He hails from Delta North senatorial district, whose people (Anioma) want to produce the next governor of the state, but the Delta Central senatorial district (Urhobo) through the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, stated, last week,   that

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Orji’s legacies in Aba are not hidden — Mgbemena, SA Project Monitoring

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•Mgbemena

SIR Pat Mgbemena has been the Special Adviser to Governor Theodore Orji on Project Monitoring and Implementation since the inception of the regime in 2007.

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2015: Swinging chairs in Ebonyi House

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•Madam Speaker flanked by her men

When last July the members of the Ebonyi House of Assembly impeached Chukwuma Nwazunku as speaker, Governor Martins Elechi led stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to resist the action and eventually, the woman who was elected speaker in the place of Nwazunku was forced to step down. Now, after the speaker changed political camp, the governor has changed his tune and tone on the independence of the legislature.

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Automatic tickets for failed senators ‘ll cause PDP failure — Edionwele, ex-PDP zonal scribe

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The Senate

CHIEF Joe Edionwele is the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary (South- South). A House of Representatives aspirant on the party’s ticket for Esan-West/Esan Central/Igueben Federal Constituency, Edionwele in this interview challenges proposals for automatic ticket for members of the National Assembly saying it is only the will of the people that will prevail

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Why Tambuwal must be handled tactfully, by Nwuche

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ChibudomNwuche

Former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche was in his days in the House famed as the Tiger on account of his ferocious assertions of the ideals and causes of the House as led by Ghali Na’ aba. Nwuche is stepping out to contest the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for Rivers West Senatorial seat. In this interview, he explained why he is seeking a seat in the Senate again, having tried unsuccessfully in 2011. He also spoke on other national issues

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Kwara: The battle after the endorsement

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Abdulfatah Ahmed

While the silence of Senator Bukola Saraki, the undisputed political leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC family in Kwara State lasted, many had insinuated that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed was in jeopardy

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